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COPEIA 79 

left 8-10. Of her eighteen offspring, thirteen have 
7-10 formulas on both sides ; two have 7-10 formulas 
on the right and 8-10 on the left, thus duplicating the 
parent; two have 6-10 formluas on the right and 7-10 
on the left, in which cases the area on the right side 
which corresponds to the seventh supralabial on the 
left is divided into unequal sections, the upper being 
about three times greater. The remaining specimen 
ha's a 7-9 formula on the right side and a 6-10 on the 
left where again the area adjoining the sixth supra- 
labial is unequally divided, and on the lower jaw the 
area covered by the first, second and third infralabials 
on the left side is equal to that covered by the first and 
second on the right side, thus on the right side one of 
the first three infralabials is eliminated. 

Four other specimens taken at Bella Coola have 
labial formulas of 8-10 right, 8-11 left; 8-9 right, 7-9 
left; 7-10 right, 7-9 left; and 8-10. 

Thamnophis ordinoides ordinoides, A 31 inch spe- 
cimen was taken at Atnarko, B. C, Aug. 27, 1921. 
This and several other specimens were observed with- 
in a few feet of water. — Clyde L, Patch, Ottawa, 
Canada. 

MILK SNAKE AND RED-BELLIED 
SNAKE 

About six o'clock last evening, July 26, 1922, 
Robert Seeley, one of our camp boys, captured a 
small milk snake, Lampropeltis triangulum trian- 
gulum and brought it to me to examine. Some of 
the camp boys gathered around and while we were 
looking at the snake, it opened its mouth and be- 
gan to eject something which we soon saw was an- 
other snake. It came out tail first which without 
doubt means that it was swallowed head first. This 
snake is known to our boys as the red-bellied brown 
snake, Storeria occipitomaculata. It was dead and 
judging from appearances had been in the milk 
snake's stomach several hours. The two snakes were 



80 COPEIA 

so nearly the same size that I measured them and 
found each to be exactly ten inches long. The milk 
snake was the thicker of the two. 

For a small milk snake, this one was very vicious. 
All the time that I handled it, it kept trying to bite 
me but of course was not strong enough to break 
through the skin. Both the red-bellied and the milk 
snakes are very common in this section of the Cat- 
skill Mountains. — Oliver P. Medsger, Camp Wake 
Robin, N. Y. 

LEAPING OF A HEMIRAMPHID. 

Copeia for November 26, 1917, No. 51, page 104, 
contains a note by Mr. Nichols under the above cap- 
tion describing the flying or leaping of a halfbeak 
which maintained its impetus by skulling with the tail 
at intervals as it touched the surface. 

During a sojourn in the Philippines in 1907-08, de- 
voted to the collection of fishes and other aquatic 
forms, if I remember correctly, the sight of these fishes 
skipping over the surface of the water was not un- 
common. On one occasion, as the writer was collect- 
ing material from the sea-bottom, leaning over the 
stern of a small boat, one of the halfbeaks about 8 
inches long, flying over the surface of the water, bare- 
ly missed my face and struck the side of the boat with 
force sufficient to daze it so that it was readily cap- 
tured with a landing net and its identity disclosed. — 
Lewis Radcliffe, U. S. Bureau of Fisheries. 



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